If you don’t know Paloma Elsesser, you will now. The voluptuous goddess has graced this month's cover of Vogue magazine, an absolutely monumental accomplishment in any models career. The January cover is consistent with Conde Nast's recent vow to incorporate diversity and inclusion in their upcoming issues.
Paloma identifies as Black multiracial woman, but her beautiful mix of cultures - Black, Latinx, and European is indescribable. Her heritage embodies a new and unique aesthetic that aids in redefining American beauty. The stunning supermodel has had a wildly successful career, having walked the runway for labels such as Fendi, Ferragamo, and Savage x Fenty as well as recently starring in Coach’s “Originals Go Their Own Way” campaign.
Outside of career achievements, Elessier's real passion is championing conversations about inclusivity and body positivity. “I wanted to feel centered in my purpose. Modeling is my livelihood and my career, not my passion, but that passion is cloaked within what I do.” Whether she’s encouraging POC and indigenous youth to seek out spaces for support or encouraging other size 14 bodies to feel comfortable in their skin, Palomis is not afraid to use her platform to “be as loud as possible” and inspire others to do the same. The industry has created imagery and a narrative for beauty, but still falls short of its true meaning. With her bold approach, Paloma adds a different facet to what we deem as a society as beautiful. Her greatest hope is to bring deeper meaning and dimension to what many consider a very surface-level career.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” - Psalm 139:14
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” - Genesis 1:27